Introducing the Josh Bersin Academy Senior Faculty

July 18th, 2019

At the Josh Bersin Academy we believe that HR is a craft. To perfect our craft, it’s critical to learn from experts and thought leaders who have proven themselves in the field. That’s why the Academy is introducing our Senior Faculty, 13 experienced HR practitioners that you will be able to learn from, interact with, and pose questions to. The Academy Senior Faculty provides members with a unique opportunity to interact directly with top HR leaders around the world.

“Our senior faculty, all of whom have decades of professional experience, will bring their knowledge and advice to community conversations to ensure a rich, informative, and engaging experience for our members.” — Josh Bersin

What does it mean to be a Senior Faculty member, and how can they help?

Selected for outstanding leadership and contributions to the profession, each Senior Faculty member will participate in the Academy’s global community by sharing information, offering commentary on relevant topics and common challenges, and answering questions from members. These Senior Faculty members will serve for one year and bring experience from across all industries and disciplines of HR. They’ll also bring insights to the Academy’s global community. Members can meet and interact with them directly within the Community, in quarterly webinars, and in each Learning Program.

A quick look at the Academy’s new Senior Faculty members:

Dr. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, Chief Talent Scientist at ManpowerGroup, Co-founder of Deeper Signals and Metaprofiling, and Professor of Business Psychology at University College London and Columbia University.

Robert Burnside, Chief Learning Officer for Ketchum Public Relations and previously was at the Center for Creative Leadership where he provided leadership development globally to Fortune 100 senior teams.

Riina Hellström, recognized internationally as a brilliant agile & people professional, Co-founder of Agile HR Community, a lead trainer in Agile HR, training and certifying HR professionals in Agile capabilities globally.

Chris Pirie, Founder and CEO of The Learning Futures Group. Formerly a Partner Level General Manager and Chief Learning Officer at Microsoft and Vice President of eLearning at Oracle.

David J. DeFilippo, Ed.D., Founder of DeFilippo Leadership providing executive coaching, leadership development and talent management solutions to organizations, the Executive Learning Officer for Northeastern University’s D’Amore-McKim School of Business, and serves as an Executive Coach in Harvard Business School’s Executive Education programs.

Madeline Laurano, Founder Aptitude Research Partners, previously held research roles at Aberdeen, Bersin by Deloitte, ERE Media and Brandon Hall Group.

Josh Alwitt, thought leader in the Organizational Development space, formed the Talent Development function at Sapient and now responsible for Leadership & Culture.

Emily Chardac, From Silicon Valley to Wall Street, Emily Chardac is an accelerator designing the future of work at the intersection of talent and innovation. Currently Managing Director, Global Head of HR Ops, Benefits, and Technology/Analytics at a Private Investment Bank.

RJ Milnor, VP of Talent Management Operations & Analytics for McKesson Corporation, managing people analytics and workforce planning.

Nancy Vitale, Co-Founder of Partners for Wellbeing, former Chief Human Resources Officer for Genentech where she was responsible for helping create a great place for the organization’s 14,000 employees to do their best work.

Mark Levy, seasoned globally minded Employee Experience Leader, was the pioneer of designing the Employee Experience at Airbnb. Advisor to several start-ups as well as a few big-hearted VCs, including Backstage Capital and SemperVirens.

Rachel Fitton, Head of Group Talent Acquisition across the entire Singtel Group, previously focused on talent acquisition at HP, Deloitte, and MasterCard.

Nick Van Dam, an internationally recognized thought leader, advisor, researcher, facilitator and best-selling author of more than 25 books on Corporate Learning and Leadership Development. Former Partner, Global Chief Learning Officer, HR-Executive, and Client Advisor at McKinsey as well as at Deloitte.

"The Josh Bersin Academy is a very exciting venture and one much needed for the HR profession. I look forward to working with this outstanding team of experts to help organizations advance their talent and leadership practices and be truly future-ready,” said Dr. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, Chief Talent Scientist for ManpowerGroup and a professor of business psychology at University College London and Columbia University.

“One of the appealing things to me about the Academy is the range of topics addressed in its programs and resources. This is truly a broad, unique offering that has something for everyone in the field of HR,” said Nancy Vitale, co-founder of Partners for Wellbeing and former CHRO of Genentech. “I welcome the opportunity to interact with people across all job roles, industries, and geographies.”


Become a member of The Josh Bersin Academy today to get access to our Senior Faculty and join the conversation.